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- Feb 2, 2014
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Not sure, I think a bit of both. I will let ya know when I get it
Natural dyes vary in how colorfast they are. Several things affect it, including what mordant you use (chemicals you treat the fiber with, to help the dye attach to the fiber better), and how much sun it gets (it'll often fade quicker if exposed to more sun). If you dye something with pokeweed and put it in a box in your closet, in ten years it'll still look pretty good. If you wear it out and about and wash it occasionally, it'll fade noticeably in under a year. But you can re-dye it Some of the other natural dyes are more resistant to fading.How colorfast are those natural dyes? I have NO idea if it would hold, but you get a lot of green water when you cook artichokes in a pressure cooker.
I haven't tried spinning on my wheel in a month or so. Quite frankly I haven't had the patience, as the drive band constantly falls off. I think we will invest in a nice new wheel. Considering I will have 9 alpacas and 3 sheep to get wool from in spring, I have my work cut out for me and there is no way I will be able to spin significant amounts of fleece on my old saxony.Got caught up on some older threads today. Love your dying job. That's one thing I wish we had time to do. Spinning on my Ashford traveler has been put back as my 3yo and 8mo are in the phases of high dependency right now.
Have you spun a lot on your wheel to learn it's rhythms? Mines 16yrs old when I got it (I'm its second owner) and iv had it for 6yrs now so it's 22yrs old. I love how well they hold up. Mines still spinning away. I know u said yours was ancient, did the repair ppl give you an estimated age? What size flyer and bobbins did you end up getting? I wanna invest in a jumbo size bc I like making bulky yarn sometimes. I have tight tention when I crochet and knitting so I prefer to work with the 3ply it larger so I don't hurt my hands. I also work fast once I get into rhythm so circular needles help some tho on the smaller ply yarns.